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Polson debating whether to proceed with annual Cherry Festival

Posted at 8:42 PM, Jun 08, 2020

POLSON — Leaders of the Polson Business Community Association are debating whether to schedule the annual Polson Cherry Festival because of on-going impacts from the pandemic.

But judging from the initial round of responses on Facebook, residents want the festival to go forward.

The Cherry Festival is one of the largest community events in the Mission Valley every year, drawing thousands of sample the tasty Flathead cherries and enjoy time along the shores of Flathead Lake. This year's event had been scheduled for July 18 and 19. But now with the continuing concerns over COVID-19, the Polson Business Community Association is asking for public support on continuing with this year's festival.

Organizers say in a social media post that they have been making plans for a "safe, clean and fun Cherry Festival". However, they want to make sure people support the event and plan to attend. The Polson Business Community Association says it's working with Lake County Public Health and the CSKT Health Department on safety precautions.

While some commenters are worried about safety and the virus spreading from out-of-town vendors and travelers, the overwhelming majority want the Cherry Festival to happen.

If you'd like to provide input, check out the Polson Business Community Association Facebook page.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article identified the Polson Chamber of Commerce as the organizers of the Polson Cherry Festival.